Sparks in the Forest

Sparks in the Forest

Based In: Asheville, NC
Business Attributes: LGBTQ+ Owned, Woman Owned
Photographer: Sparks in the Forest

Sparks in the Forest

Based In: Asheville, NC
Business Attributes: LGBTQ+ Owned, Woman Owned

Providing epic and heartfelt photography for couples who love the outdoors.

Elope without limitations and have a day that truly feels like you!

Hey, I’m Laura Sparks, photographer and ginger behind Sparks in the Forest.  I specialize in elopements and intimate weddings because I 100% believe it’s the best way to get married!  Like, for real!  I eloped with my wife this past year so I’ve been in your shoes!  I seriously have the best job ever because I get to help couples create a day that is authentic, where you can completely be yourselves, and have the best damn day EVER.  From location and vendor recommendations, to creating the perfect timeline for you, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve been traipsing around these mountains for the past 13 years as a landscape photographer.  I fell in  love with shooting landscapes first before realizing how much I love shooting rad couples in beautiful spots!  All of this makes a perfect recipe for your big day because I know all the sweet spots off the beaten path.

Asheville has so much to offer for your elopement or intimate wedding.  Reach out so we can get to know each other more!

Want more information about eloping in or around Asheville?  Check out my blog on the subject!


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Just wow!! Choosing Laura as our photographer was easily the best decision we made when planning our wedding! We had an intimate ceremony with just 10 guests at an Airbnb in the mountains and then followed that with a local hike in our full wedding attire. Laura did the planning of picking the hiking spot, building the timeline to perfectly align with the sunset, and of course taking the most ridiculously incredible pictures I've ever seen. The photos are completely beyond what we were even dreaming of, but more importantly, Laura made the whole experience so much fun! It felt like we were on a hike with one of our close friends & yet when we got to the top of the mountain she somehow also managed to make us feel like it was just my husband & I soaking in the most special moments of our wedding day by ourselves. Bonus- she managed to capture some incredibly adorable behind the scenes videos that we will treasure forever. We truly cannot recommend Laura enough!!

Sophie Ferreira

Laura was honestly one of the most genuine individuals we have had the experience of working with. After having to alter our wedding plans twice, we found Laura and she was determined to make it the most beautiful day ever. Not only was she patient with us as we decided want exactly we wanted, but she was always giving suggestions and open to ideas from us. When the big day came the weather ended up being a little crazy, however Laura made us so comfortable and encouraged us along the way showing us some of her shots to ensure us that despite the weather, we looked great. By the end of the day, she truly felt like a friend and from the few pictures we’ve seen so far, we are extremely pleased! If you are looking to have a fun, exciting and no pressure day, Laura is your person!

Lauren Stone

Laura is hands-down the best photographer that we have ever worked with and hiring her was the best decision that we made for our elopement. She was truly exceptional to work with in every way! I initially fell in love with her style of photography because she is uniquely gifted at capturing people in a way that is authentic, genuine, and ridiculously, insanely beautiful, which is exactly what we wanted for our wedding pictures. My husband and I are not comfortable being in front of a camera at all and Laura made the entire process so natural and fun (no awkward poses) and honestly the photos just speak for themselves. The weather didn’t entirely cooperate with our plans but that didn’t phase Laura at all, and in fact, she knew exactly what to do to take advantage of the fog to get some incredible shots. Aside from her extraordinary photography skills (I could go on and on), Laura is extremely knowledgeable about eloping in the Asheville area and was so helpful in planning the details of our day and even went and scoped out potential locations for us so that we had an idea of what it would look like beforehand. She really went above and beyond to make sure we were prepared and provided incredible vendor recommendations. Laura is such an energetic, engaging, and fun person to be around and we really had such a blast with her and are so sad that it’s over! There just aren’t enough words to adequately describe how amazing our experience was with her and we can’t recommend her enough.

Rebecca Frazier

Laura is amazing. The photos I received were beautiful and the service we received was beyond professional! We planned our entire wedding from Ohio and Laura was easy to reach and helped with suggesting locations, vendors, and restaurants! She is fun, personable, and great to work with - I’ve been bragging about her to everyone back home! My friend told me she looked like a mountain goat getting from one place to another to grab photos from all angles. She worked so well with our officiant, Vanessa, the day was just seamless! Thank you Laura, I am blown away and wish I could get married again just to work with you again!

Mara Nuzzo

I discovered Laura through a simple Instagram search. We knew we wanted to elope and wanted something special. From the initial phone call, we hit it off. She was so easy to talk to, loads of fun, and offered us tons of information regarding eloping in Asheville. For the last 6 months, she has become a friend. She answered every question I had. She provided me with vendors that I would need. Essentially everything we needed for our special day, Laura provided. Our wedding day was magical. I couldn't have asked for a better team. If you're looking for an awesome experience, with an awesome photographer, Laura is for you! Thank you, again, for making our day magical. ❤

Stephanie Williams
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